The Outdoor Report

A Report on Deer Hunting with Dogs

On October 15, 2015, the Board of Game and Inland Fisheries requested a report on issues surrounding deer hunting with dogs, potential options to address any issues, and a recommended approach going forward.  This request followed input provided by several members of the Virginia Landowners Association who attended the October 15 meeting.

The newly-revised 2015-2024 Virginia Deer Management Plan directs VDGIF to preserve the heritage and tradition of hunting deer (including with dogs), for both management and recreational benefits, while ensuring that hunting methods are consistent with and respect the rights of private property owners and other citizens. Deer hunting with dogs is an important tradition and deer population management tool in eastern Virginia, but it can generate concerns from other hunters and landowners regarding “trespassing” dogs, trespassing hunters, and hunting from or near roads.

The Board will consider a report from staff at its meeting on Thursday, January 21, 2016, 9:00 AM, at the VDGIF headquarters, 7870 Villa Park Dr., Henrico, VA 23228.

This report does not recommend any regulatory or legislative actions.

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